Step 7: Create a book proposal template and customize for each publisher

The final step is an important one, even if you think self-publishing may be the path for you. The items and research that must go into a good book proposal directly correlate to your ability to market and sell your book. A book proposal gives every author the opportunity to critically analyze what sets his or her book apart. For the sake of simplicity, this final step is written under the assumption that you’re going to submit to a traditional publisher.

The book proposal outline I recommend below can really help you be ready for the different aspects of submitting your manuscript. Every publisher will have exact specifications for their submissions, so it’s important to double check that you follow those requirements as carefully as possible. The items below are the substantive portions you should have on hand and ready to drop into a proposal at any moment.